Tag: bilingual

Sociocultural Competence in Action

Close up of three college friends standing in the street with arms around each other. Cheerful boys and a girl wearing college bags having fun walking outdoors.
Dual-language bilingual education (DLBE) programs, at the core, are about serving students who have been linguistically and culturally marginalized in U.S. schools (Izquierdo and Medina, in press). However, it is also important to understand that as DLBE has increased in popularity, the ideas of equity and social justice as focal points have been lost in translation for some who...

Can I Speak about my Culture?

https://youtu.be/VPDgJdDUBV0 As Raul Herrera, says, "I'm finally learning to speak Spanish just for this..."

Young Bilingual Brains May Age Better

Girl wearing "Bilingual = Life Square" T-shirt
Bilingual children and adolescents may grow up with more grey matter, according to a new study published in Brain Structure and Function, in which an international team of academics led by the UK’s University of Reading and the U.S. Georgetown University examined detailed scans of children’s and adolescents’ brains and found that bilingual participants had potential advantages of both...

Rosetta Stone Launches New Award Program for EL Teachers

Language learning company Rosetta Stone is launching its first Emergent Bilingual Educators of the Year award program. The company is inviting K–12 teachers across the U.S. to submit 800-word essays explaining how a particular EL teacher is helping their students and how the program’s prize money will make a local impact. The entry period begins Monday, May 4, 2020...

More Evidence that Bilingualism Delays Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

These results contribute to the growing body of evidence showing that bilinguals are more resilient in dealing with neurodegeneration than monolinguals. A new study published in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders provides new evidence that bilingualism can delay symptoms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Led by famed researcher of the effects of bilingualism, Ellen Bialystok, with other psychology researchers from...

There’s No Sound Like Home

Study shows that babies learn language best from speakers who sound like their caregivers. Language development in bilingual children remains a contested and enigmatic phenomenon, and oftentimes it’s hard to distinguish myth from fact. A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development not only sheds important light on how babies raised bilingual acquire language but may also...

The ESL Makeover

Danny Brassell gets over himself to make learning fun for all ages When I first began teaching elementary school, my principal asked me if I knew any Spanish. After I replied, “Un poquito (a little),” he said, “Good. You’re our new bilingual coordinator!” Mind you, my school had over 950 students, and over 85 percent of them ...

Research Examines the Economic Benefits of Bilingualism

Ingrid T. Colón gathers the financial evidence to support multilingualism "fluent bilinguals earned more than $5,400 annually than their monolingual peers" Helping students retain and strengthen their home language affords them many cognitive, social and even health benefits. Research shows that multilingualism can have many economic benefits, too. According to a report published by the New American Economy, the demand...

Most Arizonans Support Dual-Language Education

A recent voter poll, commissioned by UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) and Helios Education Foundation, indicates that the majority of Arizonans support dual-language education for children, and nearly 60% of respondents approve of a measure that would allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition rates. Education is the hot topic in Arizona, where voters have singled it out as the most important issue facing...

Bilingual Children Adapt to Others’ Needs Better

Bilingual children adapt to the needs of their communication partners better than monolingual children, according to a study published in Child Development, because children growing up bilingually have to manage challenging communication situations more often and deal with the differing communication styles of their parents. Developmental psychologists at the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland UZH explored the extent...
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